Assertiveness - Week 1 Report

Assertiveness - Week 1 Report - Assertiveness is a...

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Assertiveness is a behavioral style; the other styles studied along with assertiveness are non-assertive behaviors, passivity, aggression, and passive- aggressive behavior. Each having their own distinct differences, yet those most closely linked would be assertiveness and aggressive behavior. Assertive behavior can be misconstrued as being aggressive or overbearing towards another individual; however, in Communicate!, “Assertive behavior is defined as communicating in a direct, calm, honest, nonmanipulative manner, with respect for the rights of self and the other” (Carroll, et al., 2005 p. 193). The main premise behind an individual being considered assertive is that they are open and willing to share their opinion with others without being aggressive. To not be aggressive we must recognize that as an individual we have certain rights as do those that we are asserting ourselves towards. A goal of those being assertive is to make sure you know where the line is between asserting yourself and becoming aggressive, which can at times be considered a very fine line. For example in sports a player can be far too aggressive towards others and do so by physically harming other players, whereas the players that are merely being assertive know to do their job well, but to not cause mental or physical harm to those around them. The difference is pointed out in an article by Elizabeth Scott, Reduce Stress With Increased Assertiveness. Scott states, “The key difference between the two styles is that individuals behaving assertively will express themselves in ways that respect the other person. They assume the best about people, respect themselves, and think “win- win” and try to compromise” . Though compromising isn’t something most of us think of when we think of winning, sometimes a compromise can allow both parties to walk away feeling good about the situation as a whole. An aggressive individual may get what they want in the short term, but relationships are damaged in the long run; whereby an assertive individual can make
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compromises thereby not damaging their relationship. Summarizing the article from Communicate! An aggressive individual would often be considered to be hostile towards others acting in a manner that would be threatening to others and at times has the possibility of leading to violent behaviors . A common example of an aggressive mindset placed with a passive mindset would be a battered wife or girlfriend. Though this is an extreme example of two of the types of individuals it displays their
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